Huddersfield has plenty of options for a rainy day - and even more when it's sunny.

The town is far from wettest place in Britain - it's not even the wettest place in England - so there are plenty of days throughout the year to enjoy the great Huddersfield outdoors.

Huddersfield and its surrounding area have a wealth of parks, picnic spots, sports facilities, ornate gardens not to mention endless countryside walks.

In the morning you could hop on the Kirklees Light Railway followed by a picnic in Greenhead Park. Then when you've digested your lunch you could enjoy a game of tennis at the park.

While the list is primarily in Huddersfield we've included a few attractions on the fringes that we think are really worth visiting.

1) Hop on board the Kirklees Light Railway

Kirklees Light Railway, Clayton West.

All aboard the Kirklees Light Railway for a scenic journey through the south Pennine foothills!

The railway features five little steam engines - Hawk, Owl, Fox, Badger and Jay - and is popular with young and old alke. The track runs from Clayton West to Shelley and visitors can ride all day for the cost of one fare.

The Shelley terminus offers a tea room and outdoor play area and picnic spot, with more fun to be had at Clayton West's play area after the return journey. A souvenir shop and café serving hot and cold food whenever the railway is open can also be found at the Shelley station.

Adult fares cost £7.50 (concessions £6.50), children aged 3-16 years pay £5.50 and children under three go free. A family ticket, for two adults and two children, can be snapped up for £24. Click here for the Kirklees Light Railway timetable.

2) Play tennis at Greenhead Park

Tennis lover Terry Cole makes the most of the unusually warm November weather in Greenhead Park, Huddersfield.

Budding Andy Murrays can perfect their serve for free on the tennis courts at Greenhead Park.

The courts, which were refurbed in 2011, can be found at the top of the park, are the perfect setting for a few sets on a sunny day - and spectators can enjoy an ice cream at the Cafe in the Park, which overlooks the courts. Today, Greenhead Park - tomorrow, Wimbledon!

3) Go boating on the Mere at Shibden Park

Shibden Park, Halifax
Shibden Park, Halifax

Rowboats are not just for Oxford and Cambridge, you know - in fact, the chance to grab the oars and sail across a lake is right on your doorstep.

Rowboats and children's paddleboats are available for hire at Shibden Park throughout the summer and are a lovely way to relax enjoy the sunshine.

4) Admire some art at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton. Sculptor, Zak Ove with his 80 identical two-metre-tall graphite figures. Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness.

Known as the 'gallery without walls', this internationally renowned free attraction offers a wide range of sculptures and modern art scattered across 500 acres of 18th century parkland. Based in the grounds of Bretton Hall, Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park also features five indoor galleries to compliment the inspiring artwork that dominates the landscape.

A café and restaurant overlooking the park serves hot food, coffee and cakes, and visitors can take a little bit of the sculpture magic home with them with a visit to the giftshop. Visit the park on a sunny day to see modern art like you've never seen it before.

5) Pack a picnic for Oakwell Hall and Country Park

Oakwell Hall, Birstall
Oakwell Hall, Birstall

Popular with Bronte fans and wildlife enthusiasts alike, Oakwell Hall and Country Park is the perfect spot for a summer picnic.

A favourite spot for dog walkers and horseriders, the Birstall park offers woodland walking trails, plenty of green open space and an adventure playground to keep little ones active. And of course the historic hall, made famous as the inspiration for Fieldhead manor house in Charlotte Bronte's Shirley, offers a snapshot of life in the Elizabethan era, surrounded by immaculate gardens.

A tearoom next to the hall serves coffee, cakes and snacks, while two educational visitor centres help youngsters learn more about the wildlife found in the park's woods and ponds.

6) Cycle the Calder Valley Greenway

Calder Valley Greenway
Calder Valley Greenway

Why not get on yer bike and take in some of the Calder Valley's spectacular views on the Calder Valley Greenway?

The four-mile, largely rural route connects Huddersfield and Dewsbury via woodland, farmland and riverside paths. A small section between Mirfield Railway Station and Huddersfield Road has still to be developed, but an on-road route is signposted.

Stand-out views along the greenway can be found from the Ridings, which looks down to the John Smith's Stadium and Dalton Bank; Bradley Viaduct; Lower Spen, offering views of the Spen Valley up to Norristhorpe and Roberttown, and the River Calder, offering excellent views of the river and weir.

7) Shoot some hoops at Beaumont Park

Beaumont Park Gala. Basketball Game at the fairground Left to Right Sophie Greenhalgh (10) and Jade Bell (10), in September 2003.
Beaumont Park Gala. Basketball Game at the fairground Left to Right Sophie Greenhalgh (10) and Jade Bell (10), in September 2003.

Sunny weather and sport go hand in hand, so why not head down to the basketball courts at Huddersfield's Beaumont Park and perfect your hook shot?

The park, in Crosland Moor, Huddersfield, also has football goal posts, an adventure playground and woodland trails to follow - perfect for an active day out this summer.

8) Make some furry friends at Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre

Llama at Ponderosa

From farmyard favourites to rare breeds and reptiles, Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre has a wealth of animals at its farm, based off Smithies Lane, Heckmondwike. Youngsters will love learning more about the llamas, lemurs and meerkats and spotting the snakes, chameleons and other reptiles before a visit to Bonanza Play Barn soft play area.

Combined entry to the farm and one hour's play costs £7.50 per child and £5.50 per adult. For farm entry only, tickets cost £5.50 for adults, £5.00 for children and pensioners and children under two go free. A family ticket (farm entry only) costs £19.

9) Go fishing at Ladywood Lakes

Ladywood Lakes - we can't guarantee you'll catch a fish this big but you'll have fun trying.

Angling enthusiasts can while away a few sunny hours at Ladywood Lake Fishery's two lakes.

The larger lake, in Sands Lane, Mirfield, boasts more than 500 fish, with a 41lb Lady Kamara holding the lake record. The smaller 2.5 acre lake is stocked with more than three tonnes of bream, roach, perch and carp.

Day fishing is available from 7am until dusk in the winter and 7pm in the summer. Day tickets for Monday to Thursday cost £12, 24-hour tickets cost £22 and a 48-hour ticket costs £43. For more information visit Ladywood Lakes' website.

10) Go explore Marsden Moor

Marsden Moor - Matt Turner

Marsden Moor offers a wealth of activities for all the family as well as breathtaking views and scenery.

From guided walks and themed trails to geocaching and photography, the rugged moors are the ideal destination when the weather is fine. The National Trust Estate stretches across 5,685 acres and is popular with para gliders and birdwatchers. Have a picnic at Eastergate Bridge, or watch the sunset from Pule Hill - there's plenty to explore.

For opening times and more information, click here.

11) Smell the roses at Manor Heath Park

Manor Heath Park, Halifax
Manor Heath Park, Halifax

Manor Heath Park, Halifax has bagged both Green Flag and Yorkshire in Bloom awards, and boasts a woodland walk, park trail, wildflower area and more - perfect for a sunny day stroll. The former site of its grand manor house, demolished in 1959, is now a sunken garden, with a picturesque walled garden to boot.

Grab a bite to eat at the Flutter-bites café and let the little ones loose in the play area, or check out the Jungle Experience tropical oasis, packed with fish, quail, terrapin and butterflies.

The Jungle Experience and its accompanying Walled Garden, in Manor Heath Park, Halifax, is open seven days a week, 9.30am-5pm from March 30 until winter. Winter opening hours are different. Admission is £1 per person, with under 5s free.

12) Go crazy for cute at Cannon Hall Farm

Cannon Hall Farm visitors see newborn lambs

With lambs, piglets, meerkats, llamas, donkeys, Shetland Ponies, reindeer, rabbits, guinea pigs and more, Cannon Hall Farm has the cute factor when it comes to family days out. Baby animals are born on the farm all year round, and unusual creatures including kune kune pigs from New Zealand and big horned, hairy Highland Cattle are also in residence.

Based just 10 minutes from junction 37 of the M1, five miles west from Barnsley, the farm also has an adventure playground, farm shop, tea room and delicatessen. Admission is £5.95 during the week per child and adult and £7.95 at weekends. Under twos go free.

13) Climb Castle Hill

Victoria Tower, Castle Hill, Huddersfield,

One of Huddersfield's most popular attractions, Castle Hill stands more than 900 feet above sea level and offers spectacular views. The site, a scheduled ancient monument, also features Victoria Tower, which is open to the public every day of the summer holidays and most weekends

Admission to the tower costs £1.90 for adults, 55p for children and £3.75 for families (two adults, two children). Kirklees Passport holders go free.

14) Admire the views at Odgen Water Country Park and Nature Reserve

Take a stroll around the reservoir at Ogden Water and Country Park
Take a stroll around the reservoir at Ogden Water and Country Park

Immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings of Ogden Water Country Park and Nature Reserve, Halifax, and admire the scenic views of its 34-acre resevoir. Pack a picnic, enjoy a hike and feed the park's wildfowl with duck food from the park's visitor centre.

The visitor centre, open 10.30am-3.15pm, also offers tea, coffee and baked treats, plus guides to woodland walks and other outdoor activities.

15) Try something new at Another World Adventure Centre

Mountain boarding and grass sledging at Another World Adventure Centre

From grass sledging to paintballing, mountain boarding to archery, Another World Adventure Centre in Halifax is bound to keep the whole family busy. Have your world turned upside down - literally - in a zorb ball, build and race a go-kart, or tackle a fun team building challenge.

The Kids Adventure Centre runs a school holiday activity club on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the holidays. For more information and prices, click here.

16) Secret Beach

Gaddings Dam (aka Todmorden Beach).
Gaddings Dam (aka Todmorden Beach).

It's not very secret anymore. However there are few greater draws on a hot day than a beach and there's one in landlocked West Yorkshire.

Gaddings Dam is just 45 minutes from Huddersfield - compared to well over an hour for the nearest coastal spot.

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